Nurses Certificate in Medical Nursing

NCert (Medical Nursing)

Veterinary medicine has advanced significantly during recent years

This programme has been designed to provide veterinary nurses with the opportunity to access relevant and up to date knowledge of small animal nursing of medical cases and to use this knowledge to improve the treatment given to canine and feline patients in practice.

The certificate programme will:

  • Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence and job satisfaction
  • Enable you to gain an achievable and recognised qualification

Your journey through our Certificate programme

The individual courses are held within a face to face training environment, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share experiences.

You can choose to study over a period of up to three years towards the exam. If you are working towards the Certificate, you will need to attend all taught modules and register for the multiple choice question exam with ESVPS.

Our programmes take place in Alexandra House, Swindon enabling us to provide you with exceptional facilities. This location offers comfortable training rooms for theoretical taught lectures. A buffet lunch is included in each module along with refreshment breaks.

 

 

The Modules
  1. Anaesthesia
  2. Analgesia
  3. Principles – The Clinic
  4. Principles – The Patient
  5. Oncology
  6. Imaging
  7. Body Systems
  8. Medical Pharmacology
Course Timings

09.00    Registration

09.30    Course Starts

17.00    Course Finishes

Access Requirements

If you want to gain the NCert you must have been in practice for a minimum of one year and be RCVS registered.

You can attend the modules if you are not qualified or in practice, however, you will not be able to attain the NCert – see above.

Anaesthesia

Module Information

‘There is no such thing as a safe anaesthetic only a safe anaesthetist’. This module will give you the ability to approach the anaesthesia of higher risk medical patients to optimise outcomes. The ability to confidently calculate drug requirements and understand monitoring equipment will help you navigate your procedure list with ease.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review acid/base balance, the practical application of blood products and explain when different fluid replacement options should be used. Demonstrate the ability to perform all types of fluid administration calculations.
  • Explain the importance of client consent forms, patient anaesthesia records and be able to complete both correctly.
  • Obtain knowledge of basic through to advanced patient monitoring and the pros and cons of multi-parameter monitoring for specific cases.
  • Describe and explain abnormal capnography and pulse oximetry waveforms and suggest options to improve them.
  • Understand the use of different pre-anaesthetic medication, induction and maintenance agents, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each in specific cases.
  • Identify different types of endotracheal tubes and their use explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Demonstrate the skill of intubating easy & more difficult patients.
  • Includes case discussions and calculations

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*25 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Analgesia

Module Information

This module will give you the confidence to promote patient welfare via an all-round approach to analgesia. Medical patients have their own challenges when it comes to pain and being familiar with the options available now to improve patients’ quality of life in both the short and longer term will be of great value to you and your patients.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the pathophysiology of pain and be able to identify pain in different species using pain scoring methods.
  • Explain the different classes of analgesia, including opioids, NSAIDs, local anaesthetics and other agents and their pharmacology and appreciate their different delivery methods for specific patients using the multi-modal approach.
  • Pre-emptive analgesia theory and practical approaches to
  • Outline the use of analgesia in medical patients for chronic and palliative use.
  • Describe appropriate analgesic agents for the use of CRI, when and how these should be used/monitored and be able to perform a CRI calculation.
  • Demonstrate different intravenous catheterisation techniques including central venous catheterisation.
  • Includes a practical session practising central venous line placement

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Principles – The Clinic

Module Information

Occupational health and safety in veterinary hospitals is an important topic often overlooked. This module will cover the basis of the importance of preventing physical, chemical and zoonotic hazards by giving a fresh insight into the significance of infection control. By the end of the day, you will also be familiar with the correct equipment and consumables required for medical procedures.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how hospital layout affects the running of a clinic in relation to infection control and the importance of specific patient areas on patient recovery.
  • Understand how hospital-acquired infections are obtained and spread, as well as the different types of infection.
  • Distinguish between the terms of disinfection and sterilization and how these techniques are implemented within the hospital setting.
  • Gain knowledge of the importance of the appropriate selection and use of medical equipment for specific diagnostic procedures and patient monitoring.
  • Explain how to store, maintain and prepare the above equipment.
  • Appreciate the importance of hospital Health & Safety.
  • Be able to identify potential risks and hazards within the medical setting and have the knowledge of how to reduce these risks.
  • Includes a practical session on hand preparation.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*28 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claire Dorey-Phillips
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Principles – The Patient

Module Information

By the end of this module you will be familiar with the patient preparation required for a wide variety of medical procedures in order to make a diagnosis. This module will also give you the ability to confidently nurse a patient with complex medical needs as well as understanding the importance of maintaining client care and clinical governance.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of daily patient assessment and record keeping of the medical patient via charting systems. Be able to outline physical examination techniques and explain their relevance.
  • Outline the importance of the specific nursing requirements of inpatients with specific pathophysiology and life stage. Be able to explain the importance of nursing care plans and their use.
  • Obtain knowledge of the role of nutrition in the medical patient, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of both enteral and parenteral administration and how to manage these cases within the clinic.
  • Select the appropriate patient preparation technique and positioning required for specific medical procedures.
  • Identify medical diseases and procedures that result in an outpatient assessment and the significance of outpatient monitoring.
  • Become familiar with identifying medical complications and consolidate your knowledge of how to minimise them.
  • Explain the set up and maintenance of endoscopes and when they are most useful as part of a diagnostic work-up
  • Appreciate the importance of clinical governance & client communication within the veterinary clinic.
  • Includes case discussion and nutritional calculations

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*29 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Claire Dorey-Phillips
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Imaging

Module Information

This module will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the part imaging plays in diagnosis and monitoring of medical cases. The ability to confidently acquire diagnostic radiographs, triage patients using ultrasound and identify those patients who would benefit from advanced imaging will be of great benefit to you.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the different radiographic techniques available, their pros and cons and uses in specific situations
  • Evaluate radiographic image quality to ensure diagnostic radiographs are available for interpretation and improve your basic film reading, identifying radiographic artefacts and faults.
  • Revise contrast studies, becoming familiar with their use and the specific equipment required to perform them
  • Understand the principles of ultrasound imaging and be familiar with how to set up and maintain the ultrasound machine and probes
  • Identify specific equipment and materials required for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Employ the principles of FAST scanning to triage emergency cases
  • Review advanced imaging (CT/MRI and scintigraphy) and their uses in diagnosis and monitoring medical cases

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*17 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon David MacKenzie
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Nurses Certificate in Medical Nursing Pricing

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  1. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  2. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £300 fee (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).
  3. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  4. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  5. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

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  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. In order to secure a place, you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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